DNF'd Books

DNF’d books [2]

It’s time for another round of DNF’d books. I have no time for books that I’m not enjoying. I try to give books a chance so I typically don’t DNF until I’m at least a quarter through it. These are books that I just COULD NOT finish.

DNF’d Books [1]

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The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

This book started off so promising. I was really enjoying it but when Cora traveled to England I lost interest. It got super boring and cliche. I actually got pretty far in this book and thought about continuing but I don’t want to waste my time and at this point I’d have to just start over because I’ve forgotten the details. I think the writing style just wasn’t for me because the premise is normally right up my alley.

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A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

I really enjoy Alex Flinn as a writer, but I cannot stand this book. I don’t like either of the main characters. I find them both too annoying to continue with. Sleeping Beauty has always been my least favorite fairytale as well. I actually sold this book to Half Price books because I bought it when I decided to buy a bunch of Flinn’s books. So far this is the only book I outright couldn’t finish from her.

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I am an avid Asian Drama watcher and when I read the back of this book it sounded like an Asian Drama in book form so I was super excited. Unfortunately, that’s not really what I got. Instead I got confusing writing that jumped characters and introduced too many people at once so by 30-40 pages in I had absolutely no idea what was going or who was who.

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Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones

This is a technical sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle, one of my favorite books. I reread Howl’s Moving Castle at least once a year but I just did not like this book. I was bored basically from the first page. I forced myself to get about 40 pages in and I sort of wish I didn’t. I find Jones writing style endearing in Howl’s Moving Castle but for this book it was just bothersome. I also didn’t care for the plot at least what I could see of it from how much I read. I definitely won’t be going back. I ‘ll stick to the book I like.

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Rebel by Elle Casey

I have never in my life met a more annoying, entitled, bratty, inconsistent main character in my life. I got 30% in according to Kindle and I’m surprised I lasted that long to be honest. My inner monologue was disbelief at Teagan basically the entire time. Her best friend was just as annoying. There were also so many plot holes and things that obviously just did not make sense. This book frustrates me so much because I just wanted it to be good.

 

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Fantasy, paranormal, romance

Series Review: Southern Witch Series by Kimberly Frost

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Title: Would Be Witch, Barely Bewitched, and Halfway Hexed
Author: Kimberly Frost
Publisher: Berkley
Length: 308 Pages, 322 Pages, 339 Pages, Ebook
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Rating: 4 Folded Pages, 3 Folded Pages, DNF’d

Would Be Witch Blurb:
In the small town of Duvall, Texas, the only thing that causes more trouble than gossip is magic.

The family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets in the way of the supernatural are a few untimely visits from the long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost Edie. But when her locket—an heirloom that happens to hold Edie’s soul—is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it’s time for Tammy to find her inner witch.

After a few bad experiences with her magic, Tammy turns to the only one who can help: the very rich and highly magical Bryn Lyons. He might have all the answers, but the locket isn’t the only thing passed down in Tammy’s family. She also inherited a warning…to stay away from anyone named Lyons…

Review:
I picked these books up on the ebook system my library offers. I was craving a romance heavy fantasy and these books looked perfect. There’s five books in the series so far and I fully read the first two but I couldn’t get through the third unfortunately.

Tammy Jo has endearing moments especially in the first book. I liked her character. She was flawed and fun and a little bit stupid but I could handle it. The second book her character ebbed more on the stupid and in the third book I couldn’t handle it as it just got worse and put the book down forever.

I’m not sure how but as she learned more about her powers she lost intellect. Maybe this has a plot point somewhere, but for me, I can only take so many stupid actions by characters before I get completely fed up and put the book down.

I’m sad because I really loved the first book. It was fast paced and funny. Even with the not so great love interests (one a controlling asshole and the other a manipulative asshole) I enjoyed the storyline and even the over the top tropes of the guys in her love triangle.

Speaking of the love triangle, by the end of book 2 it was very obvious which of the assholes was better. She had more chemistry and dependence on the less assholely of the two and yet she still wavers between them and was still doing so in the beginning of the third book. One of the guys wasn’t even in the picture at that time because he left on some soul searching journey or something.
I’m angry that these books got progressively worse because the first one was SO good. I really liked it and I wish Tammy Jo had progressed forward instead of backward. That would have saved this series from ending up on my “never finish” list. There’s 5 books in the series so far and I’m not sure if she plans to write more but I know I’m never going further than this with the series.

DNF'd Books

DNF’d books [1]

Normally even if I don’t finish a book I review it but only if I feel like I’ve gotten far enough into the novel that I can give an accurate review regardless of whether or not I legitimately finished it. However, there have been a few novels (I won’t say recently but in the not too distant past) where I couldn’t finish them despite several attempts or even get far enough that I feel I could give an accurate review. Here they are.

Click book covers to go to it’s Goodreads page.


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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I’ve tried reading this at least 6-7 times and I get a little further each time but still I just can’t get through it. I don’t think I ever will to be honest. This book is just not for me.

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

I really wanted to like this book. I follow the author on twitter and she’s super sweet and the premise sounded really cool but the book was so hard to get into. The first 30 pages I enjoyed but then the story got hard to follow and the MC was annoying and inconsistent. I just couldn’t force myself past page 71.

The Void by J.D. Horn (Savannah Witching #3)

I don’t know what happened with this book but it felt like Horn just dropped the ball on it. I could hardly put down The Source and The Line but this one was difficult to get passed the first chapter. Honestly I’m pretty sure I was done with it when I found an obvious typo in the first paragraph of the book. I couldn’t get through more than 2 chapters before I decided to call it quits. I might try picking this one up again but it’s doubtful.

Withering Tights by Louis Rennison

I wanted to like this series and even bought all three novels in the series. However, when I picked this up and started reading it became instantly clear this would not be for me. It’s written in 14 year old stream of thought. I felt like I was reading stuff I wrote to my friends on IM when I was 12. I just couldn’t get threw it. Which is a shame since the second and third novels are based on my two Shakespeare plays. Alas, I will just have to live.

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Gone by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Ultimately, I blame this book for throwing me into my 2 and a half month book slump. I was forcing myself to read it for the Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge. It was the book my stepmom picked as her favorite and I’ve decided I just can’t do it. It was SO BORING. I couldn’t bring myself to care about it. But I also HAD to finish it for the challenge and I didn’t want to not finish and forcing myself to continue trying to read it did not work. It’s on this list now and it’s helped me learn not to force what I read even if it’s for a challenge. So at least there’s that.